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US Expands Remain in Mexico Policy to Texas Rio Grande Valley

US Expands Remain in Mexico Policy to Texas Rio Grande Valley

U.S. authorities expanded the “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The policy requires migrants to stay in Mexico while waiting for their asylum hearings when crossing some U.S.- Mexico border locations. President Biden ended the program on his first day in office but the Remain in Place was reinstated under court order and under a new agreement with the Mexican government; went back into effect on December 6. The Biden administration tried to end the Remain in Mexico rules and issued two termination memos to the courts, which were overruled. DHS is committed to following the court-mandated reimplementation of the MPP in the most humane way possible.

The Remain in Mexico policy was expanded to the Texas Rio Grande Valley, the busiest border sector for unlawful crossings.  Migrants enrolled in the program will be processed in Brownsville, Texas, and returned to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, a region in Mexico that is known to have a large presence of cartel violence and high risks of being kidnapped. The U.S. State Department advises Americans not to visit this region due to the violence.

The State Department will continue to help the Mexican government to provide migrants with transportation, COVID-19 testing, wifi and shelter. The Mexican government has committed to providing enhanced security at shelters.

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